Digital technology is a central part of the societal development and everyday life and is becoming increasingly important in urban development. Today’s digital city is found in the ongoing digitalisation of services, institutions and infrastructures, and through the hundreds of digital and urban services and applications that characterise urban life. Digital urban services are increasingly influencing urban living, urban development and management. Today, digital systems, tools and services not only affect how cities are planned and controlled but also many aspects of everyday life. There is a wide range of strategies for how governments, businesses and individuals relate to this development. In spite of this, digital urban services are only to a very limited extent subject to overall urban policy or government regulation.
The Future North project has published a book on approaches to the study of Arctic landscapes. Published on Routledge, the book investigates ongoing changes in the Arctic from a landscape perspective. It examines settlements and territories of the Barents Sea Coast, Northern Norway, the Russian Kola Peninsula, Svalbard and Greenland from an interdisciplinary, design-based and future-oriented perspective.
Urban environments, digital data and media are increasingly interconnected. Digital technologies are becoming integral to urban and civic life in terms of public services, commerce, media, culture and education. The digitalisation of urban cultures, businesses and public sectors presents new problems but also possibilities for design, architecture and planning. Addressing this development requires interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, the digital design sector is increasingly working on projects that involve ‘smart city’ planning and governance as well as digitalisation of urban services. At the same time, architects and urban planners proactively seek to engage with the new possibilities and expectations that the digitalisation of cities and urban living creates.